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ANC celebrates as Zuma heads for power

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Jacob Zuma must wait a little longer for the official declaration, but his supporters are already celebrating. The final votes are being counted in South Africa’s election, but the African National Congress is firmly on course for a landslide victory, with Zuma becoming the new President.

23 million people registered to vote, and around two-thirds of them backed Zuma, possibly giving the ANC enough of a majority in parliament to change the constitution if it wants. The prospect worries some, but the party insists it will not abuse its dominant position. There is no doubt about who will be President, but who will be the First Lady? Jacob Zuma is the first Zulu to lead South Africa, and has two wives. He wed Ma Ntuli in January last year, having already been married for 25 years. Another wife committed suicide in 2000, while a fourth, now divorced, is a trusted political collegue and is set to join the cabinet as Minister of Foreign Affairs.